Lately I have been doing a lot of hit and run contacts – either with DX stations or SOTA Activators. I can copy pretty fast in these quick exchanges. However, I have noticed that my speed has slipped a bit when in a normal QSO.
So today I decided that I would start having at least one QSO that was a bit more of a rag chew each time I operate. Today I had two!
Here is the run down for today (15 meters seemed pretty dead, and so did 17 meters)…
KE7GKM – I heard Bob calling CQ on 20 meters and gave him a call. He was in Boise, ID. He was running a K2 at 5 watts into a dipole. This was a nice 2xQRP QSO.
Then I took a look at SOTA Goat and noticed several activators….
W4EON – Eric was on Mill Mountain, VA – W4V/HB-023 – he had good ears since he gave me a 449 and I gave him a 559 on 20 meters.
WA7JTM – Peter was on Baker Butte, AZ – W7A/AE-035 – RST of 559 both ways.
N7CW – Bud was on West Spruce Mountain, AZ – W7A/AW-202 – it sounded like he was running a nice little pile up! 579 exchanges both ways.
Still had a bit of time, so I tuned down 20 meters and heard….
KF7YHB – Wyatt was calling CQ with a nice clean fist. His QRZ page says he sometimes uses a “cootie key” – I wonder if he was today?? We had a nice long QSO which was really enjoyable – the speed was perfect and Wyatt had a great fist and signal!
On another note, I hope to make some more progress on the Mag Loop antenna this weekend – get it mounted and tuned up and hopefully make a QSO! We are heading to the Kansas State Fair on Sunday to see one of my sons friends and our neice and nephew – so that should be a fun day!